My hope is that my reviews can help you decide if YOU will enjoy the game in question. We all have our own tastes, and you might enjoy something I didn’t. To that end, I think explaining and discussing why I experienced the game the way I did is the best way to do this.
I also understand that we read reviews in part because we want to know: is the game worth my time and money? So I will also give my answer to that question using one of the following ratings. The ratings, and what I mean by them, are below.
Do Not Recommend – The game’s problems outweigh its positives. I don’t think it’s worth your time and money.
Mixed Feelings – The game has significant parts I enjoyed but also significant parts I found frustrating or disappointing. This game might be worth playing. It depends on how you weigh its particular strengths and flaws. I also use this rating for games that are competent but uninspired.
Recommend – The game offers an overall experience that I think fans of the genre are likely to enjoy. In my opinion, it is worth playing.
Strongly Recommend – The game is not only worth playing, but stands out as a particularly strong experience compared to its competitors. Even if your gaming time is limited or you’re not always a fan of the genre, I think you should give this game a chance.
Essential – The game is particularly memorable (in a positive sense) and left a strong impression on me. It stands at the pinnacle of its genre or offers something striking and unique. I think this game is an experience every gamer should try.